A well-built cabin is the first that greets you as you open the door. It may not boast quite as much tech as the A5 but the material choice is beyond reproach. Space for passengers is good all round, there’s a near-perfect driving position and the boot, although a bit shallow, is quite long, so practicality isn’t an issue.
What may be an issue to some and won’t bother others at all is the driving experience. While not bad, it’s classic Audi – great grip and straight-line speed but as soon as you start cornering with a bit of verve, the A7 starts to understeer hopelessly all over the place. Those who aren’t the keenest of drivers will find the A7 predictable and easy to live with.
There are no puny four-cylinder engines to be found under the A7’s bonnet. Instead, you get a choice between a 333hp 3.0-litre petrol V6 or a V6 diesel that has the same capacity but is available in several power levels ranging from 218 to 320hp.
As standard, you get an infotainment system with sat-nav, climate control, front and rear parking sensors as well as cruise control so it’s pretty decent even in entry-level SE Executive trim.
The A7 is a better-looking alternative to the A6
While some other makes offer more excitement, the Audi’s swooping looks and wide range of engines still win it many fans. Quality is beyond reproach and the BiTDI engine is mighty – well worth a look if you can afford it. For everyone else, you can’t go too far wrong with even the base 3.0 TDI.